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Janet Evanovich
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Hard Eight (Stephanie Plum #8)

4.16 of 5 stars 4.16  ·  rating details  ·  85,278 ratings  ·  1,619 reviews
Far and away our customers' favorite recurring detective in any series, rough-and-tumble Jersey girl Stephanie Plum sizzles in her eighth surefire novel. In this case, the stakes (both romantic and professional) get higher, the crimes get nastier, and the chases get even faster!
Paperback, 352 pages
Published December 1st 2003 by St Martins (first published 2002)
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Patrick Gibson
Feb 19, 2009 Patrick Gibson rated it 2 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: people who don't take it all seriously
Shelves: estrogen
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I am giving this book 5 Stars solely on the grounds that it was beyond hilarious. Never in my life I have read anything so ridiculously funny!
Every character, every situation was so full of rollicking stupidity that it made me burst out laughing. The mystery in this book was okay, I didn't really care much about it because in this installment we had an abundance of entertaining side kicks.

Albert Klough's description of looking like a Pillsbury Doughboy made me laugh lout loud EVERY TIME! xD
Tilly Slaton

Lately, I’ve been spending a lot of time rolling on the ground with men who think a stiffy represents personal growth. The rolling around has nothing to do with my sex life. The rolling around is what happens when a bust goes crapola and there’s a last ditch effort to hog-tie a big, dumb bad guy possessing a congenitally defective frontal lobe.

Stephanie and Lula make a wonderful team. They met in book one. Stephanie was just beginning her journey as a bounty hunter and Lula was still working th
Sammy☆Smitten With Book Heroes☆彡
Hard Eight is a fantastic Plum novel and is one of my favorites :) This story is about Stephanie helping out her parent's neighbor. The neighbor's granddaughter Evelyn and great granddaughter Annie have disappeared so Stephanie agrees to help find them. In the process of locating Evelyn and Annie, Stephanie crosses paths with a dangerous individual by the name of Eddie Abruzzi. Eddie threatens Stephanie to try and get her to stop looking for Evelyn and Annie.

One of my favorite parts of this boo
Why-oh-why didn't Janet go into a little more detail about Steph's 'escapade' with Ranger? Darnit, I wanted more info than that! LOL! That's okay. He's still just as hot as ever. I enjoyed the story, but it still seems strange, the situation between Joe and Steph. Why is it that he can't accept wholely who Steph is and what she does for a living? Would he feel the same if she was a cop? If you ask me, the attitude is a selfish one, and he's really starting to piss me off. Wonder what the next st ...more
In this book, bounty-hunter Stephanie gets a couple two-bit FTAs (failure to appear) to get back to court. She fails miserably a couple times and rewards herself with doughnuts. While juggling lusty feelings for both Ranger and Morelli, she gets an unwanted sidekick tagging along. After getting yet another car destroyed, her neighborhood cops show up to laugh at her. She goes to have dinner with her protective mother and smack-talking grandma, while her father rolls his eyes and quietly eats his ...more
In Hard Eight, it begins with Stephanie feeling a little in limbo. She likes her job, generally speaking. However she is getting tired of her tendency to be stalked by crazy people or getting shot at. Both of which happen once again in her latest case. Her neighbor Mabel comes to her for help. Mabel's grandaughter Evelyn and her daughter Annie are on the run from Eveyln's exhusband. Due to a custody-bond agreement where Mabel put her house up for collateral, her house is now potentially going to ...more
You know what this series is like? It's Casualty. Each episode has a different story or two related to the job, and sometimes those caught up in it have some sort of connection with one of the regulars, but meanwhile there's a soap-opera plot which depends more on the personalities and out-of-work life of the main characters. A slightly new tale, a familiar formula and the latest status updates from people you've come to care for. OK, so this is bond enforcement in New Jersey, not A&E in Hol ...more
Bark's Book Nonsense
I received Hard Eight, the unabridged audiobook version, as a present and approached it with a small amount of wariness because the last Janet Evanovich book I read on audio (that would be Seven Up) was ruined by the terrible over the top, cartoon-like rendering of the characters by narrator Tonya Elby. Hard Eight is read by a woman named Lorelei who takes an extremely different approach to Stephanie. Her approach, unfortunately, also does not work for me. Am I too picky, or what?

Stephanie's voi
This series is quite simply a never-ending buffet, well maybe it will end sooner or later, but not soon. Just when you think our gal Stephanie's run of bad luck has come to an end, it starts again. Added to the usual cast of characters in this volume is an attorney named Albert Kloughn pronounced "clown". He gets sucked into the F5 which is Stephanie's life and career. Stephanie is on the lookout for her neighbor's daughter, who doesn't want to be found. Trouble is Stephanie may not be the only ...more
Anyta Sunday
When more description is given to the homocidal masturbating bunny than Plum's first time with Ranger . . . Something's not quite right.

Amusing, fun, but decidedly disappointing.

Now To the Nines ....
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Regina Martinez
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By far my favorite of the series......and all I can say is I am in love with Ranger....
This was a good recovery from the last book for me. I laughed quite a few times in this book and was getting the evil eye from my husband for it again so that's a good thing.

What is it with Stephanie and picking up every stray in the Burg? Kloughn just cracked me up, Lula, God... what a team the three of them make. Misfit Ragtag, but damn funny to read. The dryer scene, I nearly pee'd my pants on that one. Very funny.

And Psycho's? What's up with every psycho in the Burg wanting a piece of her! I
J.C. Hart
Well, I think I am done with Miss Plum. Eight books and she is still terrible at what she does. People are always asking her why she doesn't get a new job, and I have come to the conclusion it's because she has an undisclosed death-wish, why the hell else would you do a job you're bad at where you are constantly putting yourself in danger? She doesn't take it seriously at all. ACK. I'm so annoyed. I've read reviews for books later in the series (17, 18) and it appears nothing changes between now ...more
I finished this one at about 2:30 in the morning, it's all the previous books fault. I wanted to see if Stephanie paid up on her end of the deal with Ranger, but she doesn't, at the beginning anyways. I should have stopped there, but the potential Ranger goodness sucked me in. And I wasn't disappointed. =D I don't think there's going to be any long term Stephanie-Ranger cause the books seem to always bring her back to boring Morelli, but I'll take what I can get. Ranger's always lurking around w ...more
Stephanie Plum is helping out a neighbor of her parents by trying to locate her grand daughter and great grand daughter. Evelyn's sleezy ex and her signed a child custody bond and now Steven wants his money and the bond was bought for Evelyn by putting up Grandmothers house. Steven is connected to a very bad ass named Eddie Abruzzi and is now threating Stephanie and her family. Stephanie is also trying to capture and take in Andy Bender who is a violent drunk. Bender keeps alluding her and peopl ...more
Barbara Valotto
4stelle e mezzo per una serie da 5 stelle!!! È l'ottavo libro ed è divertente, esilarante, incalzante come i precedenti. Come non adorare Stephanie con tutti i suoi difetti, le sue imperfezioni e quella dose di autoironia che la rende diversa da tutte queste eroine perfettine dei nostri tempi.....una ragazza della porta accanto anche se come vicina di casa sarebbe pericolosa :-)
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When I'm craving a fun, uncomplicated read, stuffed with familiar characters, recycled plot events, plus chuckles & snorts, the Stephanie Plum series is as comfortable as scruffy ol' house slippers, while still retaining its "life is like a box of chocolates" appeal. The starring cast ~ Stephanie, Lulu, Morelli, Ranger, Grandma ... even slime-bucket Vinnie~ continue to engage the reader in raw, witty, dysfunctional, and downright hilarious ways. I hope they never become "normal" members of s ...more
Ruth Turner
A Ranger book. 'nuf said :)
I don't know what to say, other than that this book was filled with the usual Stephanie Plum craziness and inept ability to investigate missing people cases or apprehend FTA fugitives.

The really high point of this book for me was the fact that Stephanie and Ranger finally hooked up!! Yay! I honestly couldn't stand the sexual tension anymore and really just wanted to get it over it already. What would go on from here though, was anyone's guess, because Ranger really wasn't the type to settle down
Beth (Ducky)
Originally seen on my book blog!

The characters. The characters. The characters. DEVELOPMENT. CHARACTER DEVELOPMENT. Okay, I started this series with book 5, then skipped to 17 and 19 and then went back to the start. When I went back to book number one, I noticed that some characters were so different and some were still their witty hilarious self. Now that I’ve read the last 8 in a row, I can say that I’ve seen these characters come together, grow apart, change, grow, and some always seem to sta
Feb 03, 2009 Deanna rated it 4 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommended to Deanna by: Jennifer Trefz
The menace is more personal for Trenton's favorite bounty hunter and the energy more manic in this latest installment. As a favor to her mother's next-door neighbor, Mabel Markowitz, Stephanie agrees to check up on the lady's granddaughter, Evelyn Soder, who has suddenly taken off with her little girl, Annie, leaving behind a child custody bond against Mabel's house. The son-in-law is a bad guy who lost his bar to Eddie Abruzzi, a very nasty character who owns evelyn's building. Soon someone in ...more
Oops, forgot to put this on my "To read" (well, listen to), but these works don't take long, and are filled with all your favorite characters from The Burg and greater Trenton. Some of the book is taken up with brief back-stories, so's you are up to date on the relationships good, bad and - well - complicated. So this time our plucky ex-lingerie-buyer is hot on the trail of a divorcing mother and her, as well as an aging mobster who seems to escape every time you get a cuff on 'im. Yup, Stephani ...more
To be honest, I couldn't care less about the triangle nonsense. It makes Stephanie less to not be able to do her job properly, and her going from a guy who wants her to be someone else to one that just uses her for sex...she's better than that. I can't believe she was actually surprised at the latter. At least Morelli has gone out with her, treated her like someone he's interested in. Ranger was only ever physical, with some feelings that he wants her to live, but he's never asked her out.

All th
I enjoyed this the least of the Stephanie Plum books, and I suspect the series is taking a downward plunge from here. I do plan on reading the next one, though, just to see if there's any improvement, or if my suspicions are correct.

A lot of the elements I liked were in here, and the way Lula plays off the character-introduced-in-this-book (there's at least one per book, per the Plum Formula) was frequently funny. I found myself laughing out loud at some of the interactions.

And Evanovich does a
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Janet Evanovich is the #1 New York Times bestselling author of the Stephanie Plum series, the Lizzy and Diesel series, twelve romance novels, the Alexandra Barnaby novels and Trouble Maker graphic novel, and How I Write: Secrets of a Bestselling Author, as well as the Fox and O'Hare series with co-author Lee Goldberg.
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“He [Ranger] stopped in front of my parents' house, and we both looked to the door. My mother and my grandmother were standing there, watching us.
"I'm not sure I feel comfortable about the way your grandma looks at me," Ranger said.
[Stephanie] "She wants to see you naked."
"I wish you hadn't told me that, babe."
"Everyone I know wants to see you naked."
"And you?"
"Never crossed my mind." I held my breath when I said it, and I hoped God wouldn't stike me down dead for lying.”
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